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Tom Gehring was born in Cologne, Germany in 1953, and lived in Germany, France, India, and the United States before starting college at Rice University in 1971. He graduated with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and then earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy in 1976, and following two years of intense training, he served at-sea for 18 years on four nuclear-powered attack submarines, two afloat staffs, and a large surface ship. In the final tour of a 22-year Navy career, he was in charge of the Pacific Fleet’s Quality Improvement Team, teaching and motivating process improvement throughout the Pacific.


After retiring from active duty in 1998, he joined Booz|Allen|Hamilton as a senior strategic consultant, working at the boardroom level with a number of high technology military organizations.

From 2001 until his retirement in 2015, he excelled as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS), representing the 8000+ physicians in the 8th largest city in the US. Under his leadership, SDCMS was widely recognized as one of the most innovative and successful medical societies in the United States. 

His has published two books that present groundbreaking new paradigms - 7 Roles Great Leaders Don’t Delegate and 11 Questions Great Managers Ask & Answer. His third book, 23 Wisdoms Connecting Leadershp & Management, will appear in 2021.

He teaches intensive one, two and three-day Socratic seminars on practical and actionable leadership for healthcare professionals. Tom is the Director of the University of California at San Diego’s (UCSD) Health Leadership Academy, a year-around top-level seminar for health care leaders. 

Tom is fluent in German and French, and lives in San Diego with his wife of 37 years, Catherine D. Moore, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice.

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